Today Mayor Ed Murray issued the following statement after the Seattle City Council approved the City’s 2016 budget:
“Today marks the culmination of months of hard work by the Council, the City Budget Office and staff across the City. Thanks to all who contributed to this critical effort, especially to the Council, which continues to balance all of the City’s priorities. This budget will support our efforts to manage our growing population, make the City safer, expand economic opportunity for youth, and respond to the current crisis of homelessness.
“Seattle has long been a leader in recognizing the civil rights of our employees and providing progressive employee benefits. I am pleased the Council is working with us to accelerate and expand our Workforce Equity Action Plan. We recognize that providing enhanced benefits, such as paid parental leave, is one tool to achieve workplace equity. Better recruitment and retention strategies, as well as improved training, could also help us address equity in terms of gender, race and with other traditionally underrepresented groups. The City will prioritize and fund those activities that will have the greatest impact citywide.”